In this episode we are going to talk about why you should be excited when your writing gets ripped off …


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Show Notes

First let’s define some terms, what is the difference between piracy and plagiarism?

Plagiarism is pretty much always bad.
  • Unless your goal is simply to change the world and you don’t care who gets the credit.


The negatives of being pirated
  • You’re being stolen from, it doesn’t feel good.
  • If they’re getting it for free, you’re not getting any money for often years of work
  • It’s wrong, and it goes against our sense of justice


What you can do
  • Send an email asking them to cease and desist
  • DMCA Takedown Notice
    • Digital Millennium
  • Why this doesn’t work- these sites are like dandelions


The positives of having your writing pirated
  • Piracy is Viral – According to a Columbia University Study Pirates Buy 30% more than non pirates.
  • Your book is a brochure for your next book, and these thieves are handing them out for you
  • Libraries are legal pirate sites
  • 50% of people who check a book out from the library and like it, will BUY another book by that author.
  • Pirates are the ultimate mavens.


How to encourage sharing with the Creative Commons:

What is the creative commons? A some rights reserved “copywrite”

Here are the modules of the Creative Commons (from

  • Attribution (by) All CC licenses require that others who use your work in any way must give you credit the way you request, but not in a way that suggests you endorse them or their use. If they want to use your work without giving you credit or for endorsement purposes, they must get your permission first.
  • ShareAlike (sa) You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work, as long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms. If they want to distribute modified works under other terms, they must get your permission first.
  • NonCommercial (nc) You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and (unless you have chosen NoDerivatives) modify and use your work for any purpose other than commercially unless they get your permission first.
  • NoDerivatives (nd) You let others copy, distribute, display and perform only original copies of your work. If they want to modify your work, they must get your permission first.

You can setup your own Creative Commons protection at

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